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Wet Rot: Check List

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Check vulnerable areas of timber, such as window and door frames, for signs of rot. The bottom of frames is more susceptible to rot where water can collect or the wall/floor is suffering from damp.

A 33 dry rot timber flooring

If the paint finish is damaged, this can increase the risk of wet rot. However, although the paint may look sound, the timber underneath may be rotting from the back.

You can check by pushing a thin bladed knife into painted timber frames, the blade should stop after a very short distance; if it goes in up to the handle, it is a almost certainly a sign of rot behind the paint. Timber suffering from wet rot will feel spongy even through a coat of paint and look darker than the surrounding timber.

A 34 dampness

When dry, the timber will easily crack and crumble into fine particles. Timber in the roof can also be at risk especially where there is roof damage allowing rainwater to run onto the roof timbers.

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For more information on this topic please return to tips categories and select from the sub-category menu.

We hope you find this information both helpful and educational with regard to wet rot.

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